Friday, April 3, 2009

Loaded Spicy Nachos

After making quesadillas or enchiladas, there are usually a couple tortillas leftover and they usually stay in my refrigerator until I cut them into triangles, toss with little chilli powder, salt & oil and bake when craving something crisp. Sometimes, I cut them into thin strips and pop them in the microwave and it makes for a great topping for soups such as this black bean soup or this.

Anyway, wanting to jazz up the tortilla chips that I had baked, i topped them off with some onions, jalapenos, bell peppers, tomatoes & some cheese and baked them for a while longer - the results were good (see pic.) and so the next time, I decided to try making nachos like the appetizers that are served in several restaurants but of course a veggie version of it. I had a pack of Boca Meatless Ground burger in my freezer so decided to put that to good use. I made a thick spicy chilli and topped off with some fresh onions, tomatoes and cheese... it was delicious, filling and the texture was good too. I liked the ground meatless burger but I think black beans should work well too.

LOADED SPICY NACHOS (VEGGIE) - Makes 2 servings


Ingredients:
Whole wheat tortillas - 3, cut into small triangles
Onions - 2 tbsp, chopped
Tomato - 2 tbsp, chopped
Low Fat Sour Cream - as a topping (recommended since chili is spicy)
Coriander leaves / Cilantro - 2 tbsp, chopped
Cheddar Cheese + Mozzarella cheese combination - 3 to 4 ounces
Olive oil - 1 tbsp (for making tortilla chips) + little oil spray to coat pan.

For the Vegetarian Chili:
Boca Meatless Ground Burger - half packet (or black beans half cup)
Onion - half, chopped
Jalapenos - 2 big, chopped
Canned whole tomatoes - 1 tomato with a third cup juice, crushed
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - quarter tsp
Cumin powder - half tsp
Salt - to taste
Oil - 2 tsp

Method:
1) For the Chili: Heat oil in a pan, and add chopped jalapenos & onions. I can't remember why I didn't add garlic since I add garlic to a lot of the dishes I make. Anyways... when translucent, add the crushed tomato, along with the masala powders & salt. Allow this to cook for a few minutes before adding the Boca ground burger - which resembles small crumbles of soy & are quite flavorful themselves. Ensure that there is enough liquid or add a bit of water. Allow this to simmer for about 10-15 minutes. Cook till very thick and remove from the stove.

2) For the Baked Tortilla chips: Spray a sheet pan with some oil. Toss the tortilla trianges with some salt & olive oil ( I skipped the chilli powder since the chili was going to be spicy anyway). Bake in a 375F oven for about 10 to 15 minutes till crisp, turning them over once in between.

3) For the Nachos: Put the crisp baked chips together so they overlap - don't spread them out too thin... pour the chilli on it evenly and spread it around. Top with the shredded cheeses and return to the oven for about 5 to 7 more minutes or till the cheese melts and the dish is heated through.

4) Once out of the oven, top them the chopped onions, tomatoes, coriander leaves and put a nice dollop of sour cream in the middle. Enjoy.


My husband kept picking off from the sides even as I was attempting to take pictures - he's usually ravenous after getting back from work - who isn't? But I asked him to stop midway and hold still so here's a snap of the bite he was trying to sneak... :)

33 comments:

  1. OH, I see the Jalapenos on top, me loving it and love to munch anytime! :D

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  2. I'm not a big fan of Mexican food and think I've had a Chile just once.
    I guess it's because of a bad experience after eating something from Taco Hell a long time back .:D

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  3. My son is huge fan of nachos and cheese on top! Delicous one!

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  4. oooh yummy!! that looks soo good..now who would not want to come home to that...i will try this next week..love mexican...and dont call it Taco hell TBC..i for one love it..doused with a loooooot of hot sauce

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  5. Oh yum yum, lovely colour and spicy nachos..I am very tempted to have one.

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  6. Such a yummy and spicy nachos, I love nachos, I have to try this one soon. Its lip-smacking delicious :)

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  7. I love ,love nachos..Your spicy nachos recipe rocks!Its looking super yumm!

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  8. interesting recipe.. mouthwatering pics...

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  9. Wow.. Lavanya.. i'm drooling here.. The photo looks mouthwatering! Pass me that, pls.

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  10. Sounds like u guys r big Mex fud fan's Lavs..The pics sue caught me ..esply the last one looks total yum..:)

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  11. awesome pictures... as Mahimaa said, mouth-watering - literally :)

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  12. that first pic makes me wanna just make loads of this for dinner and have only that..hehe!!

    Have a great weekend, Lavs!

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  13. Iam craving for some Mex food now

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  14. It is hard to keep away from this delightful dish Laavanya. With all the veggies and cheese on top who can resist.

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  15. I love Mexican food, and am missing the Mexican restaurant in a foodcourt here that's no longer in business. Cheese and capsicum are made for each other.

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  16. We love nachos. Havent tried it myself though. Great recipe.

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  17. ooh, spicy nachos! looks yummy!

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  18. you should seriously consider selling this recipe to a vegetearian restaurant! Its impossible not to be ravenous after seeing those hearty nachos. I LOVED the idea of using boca burgers for meat....lovely :)

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  19. omg thats a yummy treat.. thanks for sharing

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  20. delcious lavanya...teh pictures are too good...surely will try sometime

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  21. Lovely dish and such a colorful nacho... mmm I love Mexican and this just the quickest thing I prefer to make :)

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  22. very creative actually...looks colourful and yumm..

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  23. Nice looking Nachos....Love to eat anytime!!!

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  24. Hey first time to your blog...:) Those nachos r just yum yum yummmy...:) will try it soon

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  25. I have not gone through the whole recipe, but looks awesome.

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  26. These look really fiery hot :) The colour is gorgeous.

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  27. great shot and sounds delicious.

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  28. that is an awesome dinner. beautiful too!

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  29. Looks sooo spicy! and very creative to make tortilla chips by using the left-overs.. I usually have boca burgers in my freezer, Will try this soon..

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  30. Thank you all for your sweet comments and encouragement.

    Shubha, welcome to my blog.

    Sujatha, i didn't use the actual burgers.. there's a product from Boca in which it has flavored soy crumbles with exact name 'Ground Meatless Burger' - just wanted to clarify :)

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  31. mmm,...this looks so so yummy,..:)

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